[Cuttlefish Eggs]: Lazarus, Nib, Blot and Rorschach - Sepia bandensis journal

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Well, I figured I'd come back here and close my thread here. The other cuttles didn't last more than a few weeks after the first one died. I knew it was coming, but it didn't make it any easier. All told, the oldest of them was about 8 months old. It was an amazing experience, and something to cross off the old bucket list. Not sure if I have it in me to do it again, at least not for awhile.
 

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I'm not sure why but I continue to keep octopuses in spite of the longevity issues but only keep cuttles on a rare occasion.
 

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It feels like the cuttles are worse because you go through all the effort to raise these amazing little things from eggs, you feel sort of parental towards them? I don't know. I couldn't bring myself to come back here and write that closing post for several months.
 

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I have had the same delay with octopuses, especially the "special" individuals who have interacted. Sy Montgomery captures the human-ceph connection very well in her Soul of an Octopus.

I am better about recording deaths within a day now though because I want to be able to go back and see how long each animal lived in captivity and I tend to forget dates if I don't record them. I also take and photograph final measurements - really, really hard to do but it requires action immediately after death.
 

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nice job! That's the proper way to document your ceph keeping experiences... in high volume and with as much detail as possible. Pays it forward!
 
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